Sunday, 13 August 2017

South Shropshire Fellowship

visit to BRITISH IRONWORK CENTRE 24th August

When you arrive  gather at the front of the showroom for your welcome talk at 1.00pm. We will be given vouchers for the cream tea on arrival so that you can stop for a snack when it suits you. We are all travelling independently but if you would like a lift let me know and I will arrange it. Cream teas will be paid for out of funds.No entrance charge, but donations to Hope House requested.

Cafe is available for lunch if you would like lunch before the official visit. There are disabled facilities, ramped access to toilets, showroom and cafe and hard standing pathways on safari field.

No Picnics are allowed. We will book you in for a Cream tea after we have looked around,
We need you to book by  17th August.
Please reply to: Mel McFarland, Dale House, Longville, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6DS       01694 771 288        mobile 07887 533 392

Unfortunately, as most of the attractions are in the open, the weather can affect your visit so please remember to have  waterproofs and suitable footwear. 

Visitors with Disabilities 
British Ironwork Centre welcomes visitors with disabilities. We will do everything we can to ensure everyone receives a warm welcome.  If you feel that someone in your party would benefit from contacting us before their visit, please advise them to do so, we’ll do everything we can to assist. There is one on-site wheelchair that can be used. 

Black Country Metal Works Limited | British Ironwork Centre
Tel: 01691 610952 | Fax: 01691 611890 | Web:
Whitehall, Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4JH

Directions from Dobbies Island
At Bayston Hill Roundabout, take the exit onto A5
NORTH WALES  Oswestry. Carry straight on the A5. 
Just before the Oswestry turn you will see the sign for the Iron Works on the right. Hope to see you there

Kind Regards

Tony Madeley


from Bernard Townson

Brethren all 

I write on behalf of our Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Scott Smith, to invite you to a Golf Day which he will be hosting at Mile End Golf Club, Oswestry on Saturday 9th September 2017. The event is open to all comers, both Masons and non-Masons and should be an excellent day’s fun. Scott is used to organising such events as he and his friends organise one each year for a charity near to his heart, and they have raised a considerable sum for the charity over the years. This will, therefore be the second one he has organised this year and will be in aid of the 2019 Festival. 

The prizes will be sponsored by Scott, and the competition will be an 18 hole individual Stableford format. It is hoped that there will be sufficient interest to have teams of four to compete for a team prize as well as the individual prizes. 

If anyone would like to promote their business, they can do so by sponsoring one or more of the 18 tees at a cost of £25 per tee. Scott can print any details you want on an A4 laminated poster which will be put out on the Tee the night before the event and will be viewed by not only the golfers attending the event, but by many more golfers as the posters will be left out for the weekend. If you wish, you can provide your own A4 poster, if preferred. 

After the golf, there will be a meal available which is for not only those playing golf, but also for family and friends who are more than welcome to partake of the meal. The menu will be two choices, either a Chicken Curry or Gammon and Egg. The food is excellent, as the Chef, Andy, used to be the chef at the Queen’s Head pub/restaurant, many years ago. There will be no set time for the meal, a rolling programme of eating will be in operation. After the food there will be time for drinks and a raffle. 

Timings are as follows:- 

Golf from 11am
Dining from 3pm

Costs are as follows:-
Tee Sponsor £25
Golf plus meal £35
Meal only £12

Mile End Golf Club Members £12

 Anyone interested in sponsoring a hole and/or playing golf or just dining, please contact:-
 Bernard by e-mail on or Scott Smith, Worshipful Master. Lodge of St. Oswald by e-mail on (that is “scott underscore ace”, as the underscore seems to have been lost in the underlining). Should you wish to contact him by phone, his mobile number is 07710 595221 or landline 01691 610003. Please let one of us have details by 29th August 2017. 

Please bring friends, family, Masonic and non-Masonic, for what should be a very enjoyable day. 
Kind regards, yours S&F 

Secretary, Lodge of St Oswald 1124               Telephone - 01691 682715

Fourth Thursday irregulars (Cae Glas)

Friday the 25th of August

With our last Fti attendance at well over 20, Brethren have expressed an interest in having another evening together to keep in contact over the summer months. Therefore, for those who have been missing the evenings, or indeed the curry, we’re having a Cae Glas social get together later in the month. As always, freemasons who are not members of Cae Glas are most welcome. 

Please note though, that for August, it’s a little different to normal. We will NOT be meeting at the Freemasons’ Hall, instead we will meet at the Red Lion Inn, Bailey Head, in Oswestry. We plan to start the evening with a beer at 7.00 for 7.30.

Enjoy a few drinks in comfort, annoy Big Frank, catch up with all the latest news, talk all things masonic and enjoy a few more beers. What’s not to like?  

When all are assembled (we estimate this to be at about 8.30pm) there will be  a quick 5 minute walk to the Simla Indian Restaurant in Beatrice St, Oswestry.

At the restaurant a full menu of top quality Indian cuisine awaits you.

Non-Masonic guests are most welcome. If you have a friend who you feel might be interested in Freemasonry...bring him along, it should be a great night and a good "icebreaker" too….even if he’s not interested in Freemasonry, good beer followed by a good curry is too good to miss !!!

As always, the dress code is casual. That's about all for now, see you at the Red Lion.

Sincerely and fraternally, 

In view of the fact that we need to reserve a table at the restaurant, I need to have an idea of numbers likely to attend please. Therefore, if you intend to join us, or even if you are a little uncertain, could you please let me know by phone or a quick email? 


My contact details are: Work 01691 650159   Home 01691 777383 Mobile 07801 690728    Email

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Live Streaming from the Royal Albert Hall

Book now for the Tercentenary Celebrations on 31st October, 2017.

Exclusive streaming of the event broadcast LIVE from the Royal Albert Hall, London to the historic art deco Regal Cinema, Tenbury Wells, Worcs..

Doors open at 2.00 pm  Live Streaming:  3.15 pm – 5.15 pm  

* followed by a Buffet Dinner in the Regal Function room incl. Coffee / Tea  @  £12.00 per person (incl. Buffet). Bar facilities will be available. Any surplus will go towards the 2019 Festival.

* All are welcome including non - Masons. A once in a lifetime opportunity to see the splendour and ceremonial Grandeur  of the United Grand Lodge of England Live!

* Contact: Eric Humphries       Tel: 01584 781570;  M:07821 032925

Shropshire Cornerstone Club events - diary dates

* 25/09/17 - early committee meeting followed by an open invitation social; time and location TBA
* 07/04/18 - Family Fun Day & BBQ; Parsons Barracks, Donnington; Time TBA

* 12/04/18 - AGM (members only) followed by an open invitation social ; Timings and Location(s) TBA.

Golf Club is open to all players!

The Shropshire Masonic Golf Society has an enjoyable calendar of events open to all golfers - not just club members with impressive handicaps (although these are welcomed too, especially for the inter-Provincial competitions!!!). If you play golf please find the time to read the message from Mike Charles below, and hopefully support one or more of the Society's events. To register interest, please contact Mike or Dave Hedley using the links below.

From Mike Charles:              Brethren all,

The Shropshire Masonic Golf Society plays about six events during the summer months. We are 4 players at least short for the match v. Worcestershire at Bromsgrove G.C. 10th. Aug. 2017. If you can help, please contact Dave Hedley.

Events are played off a golf handicap, but we have last year widened this limit. If you are a member of a golf club then that is the handicap you need to play off. If you are not a member of a Golf Club and only play a relatively few games of golf any year, then membership of the Society may still be for you.

The subscription is £20 annually from the 1st January 2018. Golf events are charged at a society rate for golf plus a 2 course meal and £38 is a good guide price. The only optional extras are your travelling costs, drinks, and maybe £5 into the raffle.

With regards to a handicap, each of you knows where you are roughly when you play golf with regards to a handicap, and we can reach an agreement on that basis.

The Golf Society exists to promote Brotherhood and fraternity within Freemasonry but we have events open to non-Masons. We also aim to support Masonic charities through having fun!

Please Google Shropshire Masonic Golf for the details, or click here.

Yours sincerely and fraternally,

W.Bro.Mike Charles, joint organiser with W Bro Dave Hedley

Ursula, Queen of the Jungle

WBro David Purslow has inadvertently found himself booked to spend two weeks ensconced in a Masonic Lodge, but not in his home town of Shrewsbury,but in Edinburgh.

David is the technical support for his wife, Joanna’s, one woman play to be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe this August. And the allocated venue is the Lodge room in Hill Street Masonic Halls, Edinburgh. To accommodate over 3,000 shows over 25 days it appears that every possible space is converted into a theatre, and that includes Masonic Lodges.

Premiered in Shrewsbury last May, “Ursula Queen of The Jungle” is a new play by veteran Radio 4 producer Chris Eldon Lee telling the unlikely but totally true account of the amazing auntie of the former BBC Delhi correspondent Sir Mark Tully.

‘I thought you’d be a lady missionary with creaking stays…’ Ursula Graham Bower was a Kensington debutante sent to India to do a little anthropology. When war broke out she wound up organising the head-hunting natives against the Japanese invasion; becoming the Allies’ only combatant female officer. She was hidden in army records as a typist until a Girl Magazine strip cartoon created the legend of The Naga Queen.

The play is being performed at 4.35pm every day from the 13-28th August at C primo (studio) venue 41 19 Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JP (The home of The Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary’s Chapel) No.1. If you are visiting the City over the summer or have friends or family who are in the area why not come along and enjoy this almighty girl’s own adventure with monumental consequences.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

On Saturday 29th June Ieuan Jones, a young man of 12 years of age took it upon himself to “Brave the Shave” for Macmillan Cancer Research. Ieuan of Market Drayton, a pupil at Sir John Talbot's school in Whitchurch, braved the shave in front of dozens of family friends and well-wishers in the King's Arms pub in Market Drayton - a very welcoming pub in town which has friendship and raising money for many causes at its heart.

Ieuan said ”I wanted to raise money for children with cancer and to raise further awareness. I want to support those going through cancer”. Ieuan also wanted to do this in memory of a family friend, Bro. Mel Edwards of Idsall Lodge who lost his battle only recently.

A wonderful day was had at the King's Arms and in excess of £700 has been raised by Ieuan so far for Macmillan Cancer Research. This has been achieved by having a wonderful raffle and through the kindness of many regulars in the pub, family friends, Shropshire Freemasons as well as the kind donations of many local businesses in Town.

Ieuan's parents Clive and Stephanie Jones said “We are extremely proud of what Ieuan has achieved. His focus and determination to make a difference has been wonderful.”

Ieuan is pictured before and after having his head shaved and with those who helped to put the day together. 

Below: Miss Georgia Stead of Harvey's hair salon, Mrs Stephanie Jones (Mum), Ieuan Jones, Clive Jones (Dad) and Mrs Alex Knight, the Manager of the King's Arms in Market Drayton.

Clive writes ”A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, bought raffle tickets and supported Ieuan with his fundraiser. In excess of £700 is a wonderful amount for a worthwhile charity and we cannot thank you enough.”

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ludlow BBQ mentioned in Shropshire Star!

Details of the Ludlow Lodge of the Marches BBQ appeared in the Shropshire Star recently - thanks to Colin Edwards and team for publicising their wonderful event!

Click here to read more!

Live screening of London Tercentenary celebration

Grand Lodge has offered a live screening of the London celebrations on October 31st for those who are not attending in person.

Errol Dyer, Secretary of Cleobury Lodge has been looking into the possibility of combining with Herefordshire Masons and arranging such a screening in the Tenbury Wells cinema, together with a buffet meal at about £10/head - bring your own drinks!

Perhaps on account of the summer holidays, this proposal has not yet met with the support it requires - if you are interested in attending please contact Errol soon.

From Mark Yates

We made it! 

To celebrate three centuries of Freemasonry, we traveled more than 1000 miles around three countries. I played three games of Fives and scaled the three Peaks. It was a great experience, especially the summit of Snowdon, as my son Jack joined me (and raised some money for his Cub pack in Newport). If you'd be kind enough to donate please click here.

A huge thank you to all those who have sponsored and supported the event.

More photographs can be found on the Audley Lodge No. 1896 Facebook page.

From Clive Jones

Our son Ieuan, aged 12, has taken it upon himself to Brave the Shave in aid of Macmillan Cancer. This means he will be having all his hair shaved off.

Ieuan said that he wanted to raise money for children with cancer and to raise further awareness. He wants to support those going through cancer.He also wanted to do this in memory of a family friend who lost his battle only recently.

Ieuan will be braving the shave in the Kings Arms on Saturday 29th July. You can donate to his fundraising page:

If you or any local businesses are able to sponsor him or are in a position to donate a raffle prize for this event I would be most grateful. Please could you contact me, Clive Jones on 07854 800256.  

Many thanks.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

W.Bro Clive Jones
Master Elect
Lodge Mentor
St Mary’s Lodge 8373

Message from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master

To all Shropshire Master Masons:

On Thursday 26th October this year I shall be installed Master of Dinorben Lodge No 8580 in the Province of North Wales. The meeting will begin at 4.45pm at the Colwyn Bay Masonic Hall, Sea View Road.

The Installation has been declared a full Provincial visit by the PrGM of North Wales, RWBro Ieuan Redvers Jones who will be giving the address to the Master in Welsh. 

There are currently 83 Brethren signed up to attend. I would like to extend an invitation to all Shropshire Master Masons who would like to join with me in what will be a very pleasant evening. We will be holding the Festive Board at the Colwyn Bay Cricket Club if numbers remain below 100 or at a different venue if there are more than 100.

If there are quite a few travelling I could arrange hotel accommodation in Llandudno or a bus could be hired to take Shropshire men to and from Colwyn Bay. The journey time from Shrewsbury is around 1 he 30 minutes.

What is the Deputy PrGM doing in a North Wales Lodge?

My father was a founder member and several of the Brethren when I joined many years ago had taught me at the Grammar School in Abergele. Today there is only one of my former teachers still in the lodge, the others have passed to the GLA.

If you would like to come up to visit Dinorben on this or any future occasion please let me know.
In the meantime please let me know as quickly as possible by e mail.

With best wishes 


Friday, 14 July 2017

Three Peaks - a message from Mark Yates


I have been attempting to combine my three passions - the great outdoors, the game of Fives and Freemasonry - in an attempt to raise funds for good causes. To mark the three centuries of the United Grand Lodge of England I climbed three peaks in three countries and played three games of Fives, all in three days! Between 7pm on June 29th and 7pm on July 2nd - I visited Scotland for a game of Fives in Edinburgh and climbed Ben Nevis, before moving on to St Bees, in Cumbria, for some more Fives, and reached the summit of Scafell Pike. The event then moved to Wales for a game of Fives in Colwyn Bay before hiking up Snowdon. Please help me by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button - click here to find it!
For more pics, visit Audley lodge's Facebook site!

South Shropshire Fellowship this summer

The Ragleth
 Little Stretton
 Thursday July 20th  

12.00 for 1.00 pm.

Prizes welcome for the Draw
Jan Parry
Will talk about the ups and downs of
Running a Charity Shop
   Please reply to:

Mr. Mel McFarland, Dale House, Longville, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6DS

by the Monday before the lunch with your choice of menu

Thursday 24th August    Trip to British
 Ironwork Centre at Oswestry

£14.00 Menu (Main and Puds)

Lambs Liver and Bacon on Mash with Onion Gravy
Pork on Black Pudding with a Dijon Sauce
Ham and Parsley Sauce with Peas and Mash Potato
Chilli Con Carni and Rice
Salmon Supreme on Stir Fried with Port and Plum Sauce
Vegetable Lasagne with Garlic Bread and Salad
Choose Puddings on the Day


£10.00 Menu (Starters and Puds)
Homemade Soup of the Day with Crusty Roll
Chefs Parfait with Toast and Chutney
Breaded Whitebait with Salad and Tartar Sauce
Seafood Pancake topped with Melted Cheese
Crayfish and Prawn Salad topped with Marie Rose Sauce
Warm Goats cheese Salad

Choose Puddings on the Day


by the Monday before the lunch with your choice of menu

Friday, 7 July 2017

Wrekin Lodge annual Visit to Shropshire

For those of you who are already filling up your diaries for the new Masonic season, don't forget to pencil in 30th September, the expected date of the annual visit of the Wrekin Lodge 2883 from London. This lodge has a special connection with our Province: although they are officially under Metropolitan Grand Lodge, they are 'associated' with Shropshire as a connection with Shropshire is a requirement of membership.

WBro Andrew Symon informs us that the Ceremony is to be an Initiation - the first for some time - so let's support our Associate Lodge with a really good attendance!

Please book in with WBro Kelvin Stead.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

First new Shropshire Master Masons of the fourth century???

At a packed but mercifully not sweltering meeting of The Iron Bridge Lodge 9897 on 3rd July, a Double Raising was carried out in fine form by WM RWBro Roger Pemberton, ably assisted by his team and most particularly by WBro Melvin Gough who delivered the Traditional History, Tracing Board and Extended Signs.

The raffle made £187 and new MMs John and Ryan had a great evening in the company of a packed house, which included RWBro Peter Taylor and one Visitor from Apollo Lodge, the Oxford University Lodge which featured in the recent Sky documentary series "Inside the Freemasons". 

From Andy Delamere